After an eye-opening experience I had in 2014, I chose to no longer just live in Arizona, but to actually seek out adventure and explore this amazing place.
The valleys surrounding the South Mountains were home to ancient people who pecked geometric images into stone outcrops and boulders at least 600 years ago.
Arizona is reportedly home to more ancient dwellings and ruins sites than any other state in the U.S.. Thankfully many of them are preserved and protected on land managed by the National Parks Service. Others, like the Mindelff Cavates are preserved primarily due to their remote location.
No experience embodies the spirit of the American Southwest better than visiting a cliff dwelling formerly inhabit by native people. Few are as easily accessible or well preserved as the two at beautiful Tonto National Monument near Roosevelt, AZ.
Spend an hour walking around the Pueblo Grande Museum and you’ll quickly appreciate how the ancestral Hohokham Indians were able to thrive in the hot desert region now known as Phoenix.
Few experiences can help you feel the spirit of the Southwest like exploring one of the many ancient dwelling sites dotted around Arizona. Tuzigoot National Monument, a couple hours’ drive north of Phoenix, is a wonderfully restored geological wonder.